Skype: The Definitive Guide


book cover
Skype™: The Definitive Guide
By Harry Max, Taylor Ray
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Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Pub Date: May 05, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-40940-X
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-40940-9
Pages: 224
 



Table of Contents  | Index
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Learn how to make free phone calls to more than 75 million people, and dirt-cheap phone calls to practically everyone else, anywhere on Earth! You can do it with Skype. This book will help you get started fast, with any computer: Windows, Mac, Linux, even Pocket PC. Then, take Skype to the limit, with SkypeIn, SkypeOut, instant messaging, secure file transfer, even video calling.

 

  • Set up and customize Skype in just minutes

  • Take Skype on the road--avoid expensive hotel phones and international calls

  • Transform your PC into a state-of-the-art Skype videophone

  • Troubleshoot Skype connections and audio quality

  • Discover even more ways to save money, simplify life, even build your business!

 

Written by Skype insiders, this is the only official guide to Skype. It's up-to-date, easy-to-use, quick, simple . . . and above all, FUN!

Bonus coverage for more experienced users: Skype architecture, security, and advanced configuration.



book cover
Skype™: The Definitive Guide
By Harry Max, Taylor Ray
...............................................
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Pub Date: May 05, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-40940-X
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-40940-9
Pages: 224
 



Table of Contents  | Index

   Copyright
   Foreword
   Preface
   About the Authors
    Chapter 1.  What Is Skype?
      Skype Basics
      How Skype Is Unique
      Overview of How Skype Works
      SkypeOut
      SkypeIn
      Devices That Work with Skype
      Summary of Major Features
      The Skype Story
    Chapter 2.  Skype Quick Start
      Process Overview
      Equipment and Requirements
      Download and Install Skype
      Create a New Skype Account
      Make a Test Call
      Set Your Preferences
      Add Contacts
      Make a Call
      Make a Call to a Landline or Cell Phone (SkypeOut)
      Start a Chat (Send an Instant Message)
      Transfer a File
      Update Your Personal Profile
    Chapter 3.  Details of Installing Skype
      Installation Summary
      Things You Need to Know
    Chapter 4.  Details of Using Skype for the First Time
      Create a New Skype Account
      Microsoft Windows
      Skype Main Window (Microsoft Windows)
      Mac OS X and Linux
      Skype Main Window (Mac OS X and Linux)
      Pocket PC
      Make a Test Call
      Testing Your Microphone
      Microsoft Windows
      Mac OS X
      Pocket PC
      Linux
      Add Contacts
      Microsoft Windows
      Mac OS X
      Set Your Skype Preferences
      Microsoft Windows Preferences
      Mac OS X Preferences
      Pocket PC Preferences
      Linux Preferences
      Make a Call
      End a Call
      Receive a Call
      Start a Chat (Send an Instant Message)
      Transfer a File
      Your Personal Profile
    Chapter 5.  Using Skype Every Day
      Skype Experience
      General Features
      Voice Calls
      Voicemail
      Video Calls
      Chat (Instant Messaging)
      File Transfers
    Chapter 6.  How People Use Skype
      Online Communities
      Skype Stories
    Chapter 7.  Troubleshooting
      Unable to Connect to the Skype Network: Error 1101, 1102, or 1103
      Echo and Sound-Quality Problems
      Reduce Bandwidth Consumption
      Disable the Capture Channel on the Sound Card (or Chip)
      Trouble Making Calls or Processing Payments
      SkypeOut Call Failure: Error 1040x or 1050x
      SkypeOut Account Suspension: Error 9403, 9407, or 9408
      You Can't Hear
      Others Can't Hear You
      Mac OS X
      Other Problems
      File-Transfer Problems
      How to Avoid Relayed Transfers (Advanced Users Only)
      CPU Overload
      Router Hardware Issues
    Appendix A.  Skype Architecture
      A Brief History of P2P Networks
      Skype Client Application and Network
    Appendix B.  Skype Security
      Skype Security Linked to Architecture
      Skype Transport-Layer Security
      Security and File Transfers
      Skype User Authorizations (Privacy)
      Where Sensitive Data Is Stored
      Adware and Spyware
      Skype Security Evaluation
    Appendix C.  Advanced Setup
      End-User System Configuration
      Software "Personal" Firewalls
      Run Multiple Instances of Skype
      Translate the Skype User Interface into Other Languages
      IT Administration and Network Configuration
   Index